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Inverness Craig Dunain awarded funding as part of sportscotland's free period products for sports clubs initiative

By Will Clark

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Inverness Craig Dunain Rugby Club has been given £100 by sportscotland so it can provide its members with free period products.

The grant is part of a £50,000 fund awarded to sportscotland by the Scottish Government to tackle period poverty.

By enabling clubs to offer free sanitary products to participants and visitors, it hopes to support the Scottish Government’s aim of widening availability beyond education and public sector settings, and into the sporting world.

The investment will allow women to have access to free period products when they are participating in sport.

Members of Inverness Craig Dunain Rugby Club supporting the initative.
Members of Inverness Craig Dunain Rugby Club supporting the initative.

In turn, it is hoped that they will feel more included and welcome to take part in club and community sports, that no one will miss out for avoidable reasons, and that the number of women staying active will increase.

Making sure that the public maintains a good standard of physical health is a key aim under pandemic conditions.

Jacqueline Lynn, head of school and community sport at sportscotland, said: “Sport has a positive impact on people and communities and sportscotland wants to ensure sport is accessible to all.

“These grants will help sports clubs across Scotland ensure all members feel included, comfortable and dignified when they take part.

“It is important we continue to celebrate female participation across our world-class sporting system. We have to ensure everyone feels they belong and are welcome to participate.”

Player Catriona Knott has welcomed the grant.

Craig Dunain’s ladies’ captain said: “We’re delighted to say we’ve received funding for a supply of free period products for our members, participants and visitors.

“We paid focus to accommodating our male and female members by using the environmentally friendly Hey Girls product Pads4Dads as well as a pads and tampons bundle subscription.”

Hey Girls is a not-for-profit enterprise that provides support to organisations looking to purchase environmentally friendly products, while also helping to tackle period poverty by giving low income families access to products.

All profits that Hey Girls make are put directly towards helping to enrich the lives of girls and young women in need in the UK.

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